Jewelry Workshops

If you want to make some amazing creations that will be the envy of all your friends, then this is the education track for you. Talented artists brought to you by Bead Fest, will lead you through classes on bead stitching, metalsmithing, wire work, and other fun jewelry making techniques. No matter what your skill level, there is a workshop for you. You are sure to take home a handmade treasure that you can cherish for life.



Thursday, October 24th

Luscious Links - $125





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Instructor: Debora Mauser
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Design, Wire Work
Description: Learn a few basic components such as screen door hinge, snail clasp, and bead wrap. Students will learn to make coils and think outside the box while creating free-form components. The key to this class is creating bold shapes and turning them into an artistic one-of-a-kind necklace.
Materials Needed: Round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flat file, chasing hammer, bench block and pad
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Room: 212A


Drilling and Riveting Stones - $130

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Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Drilling
Description: If you have been be collecting beach glass, shells, river rocks or beads that that don’t have holes, I have creative ways to make them useful. This class will offer hands-on experience with a flex shaft and how to properly use it. Students will learn how to drill several pieces and create rivets for a great finish! Most students will finish at least three pieces. Stones will vary in color and size. Tools and equipment is available for purchase from instructor.
Materials Needed: Students may bring additional stones to drill.
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 212B


Shooting Stars Oval Pendant - $110

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Instructor: Betcey Ventrella
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Epoxy Clay   
Description: We'll start with a small "practice" bezel to learn how to apply the Swarovski Elements chatons into the Epoxy Clay. Next, we'll create this sparkling oval pendent using a variety of vintage and contemporary Swarovski Elements chatons. We'll complete the project by applying a layer of Sparkle Dust to add another dimension of shimmering iridescence.Kits will be available in a number of different colorways, all using Swarovski Elements chatons, and will include enough Crystal Clay to create a number of projects when you get home. Please note that these crystal chatons are tiny, tiny, tiny, so I highly recommend that you bring a magnifier or "beading" glasses!
Materials Needed: Task Light - optional Magnifier or "Beading" Glasses - optional but highly recommended!
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Room: 219A


Into-It Custom Bezel Pewter Casting - $110


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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Soldering, Brazing, Casting, Patina
Description: In this class you will learn how to make a thick-walled copper bezel, into which you will cast lead-free pewter. We will solder or braze the bezel, then affix a bail to the pendent by the same method.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
Room: 219B


Rolled Taffy - $187



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Instructor: Marcia Balonis
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: CzechMate 2 hole beads
Description: Create this stunning bracelet using spiral stitch with a unique use of twin beads. This double spiral pattern is loaded with crystals in the design. Students will learn a stunning twist to the traditional spiral.
Materials Needed: bead mat, lighting, magnification, size 10 needles, scissors, fire line 6 pound
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm      
Room: 218A

Anticlastic/Synclastic Bracelets - $113




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Instructor: Debora Mauser
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Metalsmithing, Silversmithing, Enameling, Wire Work
Description: Have you looked at the wonderful sinuous curves of synclastic and anticlastic bracelets and wondered if you could create such beauty? Wondered about the tools involved? It's more accessible than you might think.  With the aid of a portable hydraulic press and bracelet formers, make two bracelets of your own design. Additional techniques will include applying metal foils, various means of texturing, stamping and fold forming. Along the way, you'll pick up knowledge about annealing using a butane torch and proper filing techniques.
Materials Needed: #2 flat file, light source, bench block and pad, small painters brush.  Optional:  Any stamps, hammers, texturizing tools that students might own.  Teacher will have a selection for sharing
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm   
Room: 212A

 


Ins and Outs of Soldering - $110

 
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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Soldering
Description: Sheet solder, wire solder or paste solder? Copper or sterling? What’s a chip or a pallion?  What’s the difference between stick and pick soldering? Butane, Propane, Acetylene or MAPP gas? What is Pickle and why do you need it? All of the questions you may have before you set off on your journey to learning how to solder are discussed. You will be given an opportunity to try all the various types of solder and techniques used for each. Studio set up is discussed as well as safety and cost. This is a great “let’s see if I want to do this” kick start class. Technique class.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm      
Room: 219B

Everything’s Better with Ruffles - $110

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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Fold Forming, Brazing, Patina
Description: Make this awesome bangle using fold forming and copper brazing techniques. We’ll then “capture the stones” in the bangle. This is an intense class involving serious hammering and multiple annealing. That being said, it is a beginner class and can be made by all with proper technique and patience. Instructor will provide lots of stones to pick from.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm      
Room: 219B
Friday, October 25th


Squiggle Cold Connection Cuff - $125




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Instructor: Debora Mauser
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Metalsmithing, Silversmithing, Enameling, Wire Work
Description: Learn to make balled headpins and enamel them for punch of color. Students will texture and stamp a blank cuff then use cold connections to attach enamel squiggles.
Materials Needed: Hole punching pliers, rivet hammer, bench block and pad, flat file, sharpie, metal stamps and texture hammer (optional - teacher will have selection to share)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Room: 212A

Pipe Art - $105

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Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Skill Level: Intermediate
Focus: Metalsmithing, Enameling
Description: Add a new dimension to copper without breaking your budget! Using copper piping, wire, and enamel, we will create a vibrant bracelet. In this class, we will touch on torch fired enamel, sawing, and shaping techniques. Additional materials and tools may be purchased from instructor.
Materials Needed: #2 paint brush , chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, side cutters, 4 magazine pages, magnifying glasses, Ott light as needed
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Room: 212B

Galaxy Ring - $135



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Instructor: Betcey Ventrella
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Epoxy Clay
Description: We'll start with a small "practice" bezel to learn how to apply the Swarovski Elements chatons into the Epoxy Clay. Then we'll move onto the main event, creating a sophisticated, shimmering cocktail ring that will be ready for you to wear by evening! Kits will be available in a number of different colorways, all using Swarovski Elements chatons, and will include enough Crystal Clay to create a number of projects when you get home. Please note that these crystal chatons are tiny, tiny, tiny, so I highly recommend that you bring a magnifier or "beading" glasses!
Materials Needed: Task Light - optional Magnifier or "Beading" Glasses - optional but highly recommended!
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Room: 219A

Enameled Two Part Earrings - $180

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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Enameling, Soldering, Sawing, Patina
Description: So many techniques in one pair of earrings! You will learn how to design, saw, texture, pierce, enamel, patina, and solder all in one project! We will also make ear wires out of sterling.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm      
Room: 219B

Wild Woman Bangle - $135




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Instructor: Debora Mauser
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Design, Wire Work
Description: Emphasis will be on design and wrapping techniques using various beads,wires and hardware store components. Students will learn to make their own twisted wire and wire beads as well as how the use of negative space is important to their designs.
Materials Needed: Cutters, Flat file, round nose pliers, Wire coiler (if you have one), sharpie, ruler, flat nose pliers
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm     
Room: 212A

Sparkle Sunflower - $115


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Instructor: Betcey Ventrella
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Epoxy Clay
Description: Create a fun and funky Sunflower pendant with a sparkly center, using Epoxy Clay, Czech Glass Dagger Beads, and Swarovski Elements Chatons. Kits will be available in a number of different colorways, all using Swarovski Elements chatons, and will include enough Crystal Clay to create a number of projects when you get home. Please note that these crystal chatons are tiny, tiny, tiny, so I recommend that you bring a magnifier or "beading" glasses!
Materials Needed: Task Light - optional Magnifier or "Beading" Glasses - optional but highly recommended!
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm     
Room: 219A

Three S's (Stamping, Soldering, Sawing) - $130

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Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Skill Level: Beginner
Focus: Stamping, Sawing, Soldering
Description: A fun and quick introduction to three different techniques, all in one class....stamping, sawing and soldering. We will touch base on all of these techniques and students will have a completed project at the end of the class.
Materials Needed: Sharpie, Flat Nose, Chain Nose, 8oz hammer or household hammer, metal stamps (optional), magnifying glasses and Ott light (as needed)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm     
Room: 212B

The Embrace - $118



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Instructor: Marcia Balonis
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Beadweaving
Description: Create this stunning bracelet using spiral stitch with a unique use of twin beads. This double spiral pattern is loaded with crystals in the design. Students will learn a stunning twist to the traditional spiral.
Materials Needed: bead mat, lighting, magnification, size 11 needles, scissors, fire line 6 pound
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm     
Room: 218A

Charming Bead Bracelet - $100

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Instructor: Linda Minor, Bead Me
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Focus: Wire Wrapping, Beading
Description: This beaded charm bracelet combines light, fimo beads (polymer clay) and metal beads for a piece that is fun to wear. Learn a unique wire wrapping technique to create a beaded charmed bracelet. This beginner/intermediate project includes step-by-step instructions.
Materials Needed: Wire Wrapping tools (tools will be available to share and purchase in workshop)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm     
Room: 218B
Saturday, October 26th

Stamped Trio - $127

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Instructor: Betcey Ventrella
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Epoxy Clay
Description: Come play with stamped designs and incorporate charms to create 3 different pendants using Epoxy Clay and Swarovski Elements Chatons. We'll complete the projects by applying a layer of Sparkle Dust to add another dimension of shimmering iridescence. Kits will include enough Crystal Clay to create a number of projects when you get home. Please note that these crystal chatons are tiny, tiny, tiny, so I recommend that you bring a magnifier or "beading" glasses!
Materials Needed: Task Light - optional Magnifier or "Beading" Glasses - optional but highly recommended!
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
Room: 219A

Fold Form Multi-Layer Cuff - $110

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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Fold Forming, Air Chasing, Cold Connections, Bracelet Forming, Patina
Description: Use air chasing, a fold forming technique to create this multi-layered cuff. We will texture, patina and join the pieces utilizing cold connections.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
Room: 219B

I Can't Believe It's Not Glass! - $130
This Class is Sold Out!

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Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Skill Level: Beginner
Focus: Resin
Description: Have you ever wanted to make glass beads but were afraid of fire, let alone burning a hole in your pocket?  Learn how to make beads that look like glass without the high cost and extensive skill necessary…and no fire involved! Time for 5-8 beads but enough material for up to 15 beads.
Materials Needed: clean rag, 3 disposable paint brushes, magnifying glasses and Ott light (as needed)
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
Room: 212B

Copper and Sterling Silver Earrings - $105

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Instructor: Linda Minor, Bead Me
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Focus: Soldering
Description: Learn to solder and mix metals. Cut, drill and punch copper. Solder sterling silver accents to your copper earrings. This beginner/intermediate project includes step-by-step instructions. Must be comfortable using a torch.
Materials Needed: Soldering board, tripod, screen & torch (equipment will be available to share or purchase during class)
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
Room: 218B

Memento - $133

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Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Skill Level: Beginner
Focus: Stamp, Saw, Soldering
Description: Learning to stamp is the easy part; soldering moving parts will be your challenge. Students will be taught simple steps to soldering copper and they will also learn how to stamp and saw along the way. Most students will finish this project with at least two memento pages, if not three.
Materials Needed: Sharpie, Flat Nose, Chain Nose, 8oz hammer or household hammer, metal stamps (optional), magnifying glasses and Ott light (as needed), super grip gloves (optional)
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm     
Room: 212B

Greek Goddess - $110

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Instructor: Kim St. Jean
Skill Level: All Levels
Focus: Brazing, Copper Bezel, Stone Setting, Patina, Wirework
Description: Have you ever wanted to create an open-back pendant with a copper bezel, but you were not sure how to go about it?  Then this is for you!  No two stones are alike, so all finished pendants will be unique. Students will learn how to use copper brazing rods and butane torches to join copper wire and bezel to create a stunning translucent pendant.  The pendant will be embellished with heavy-gauge wire accents and a bail for hanging.
Materials Needed: All materials provided by instructor
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm     
Room: 219B

Sterling Silver Soldering Hoop Link Earrings - $120

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Instructor: Linda Minor, Bead Me
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Focus: Soldering
Description: The Basic sterling silver earring class is Perfect for answering questions and getting started with soldering silver. Then leave with your sterling silver earrings. This beginner/intermediate project includes step-by-step instructions.
Materials Needed: Soldering board, tripod, screen & torch (equipment will be available to share or purchase during class)
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm     
Room: 218B